Matte black low maintenance countertop?

jackson2348September 3, 2013

Hi all, I am looking for a matte black or very dark grey countertop. We have had leathered marron cohiba, and love the look; however it is not what I would call low maintenance. Glasses leave a noticeable ring, and every time we wipe the counter, we have to dry it or it has very noticeable streaks.

Any suggestions on a lower maintenance counter? I wanted marble, but will instead put it on the backsplash (to the ceiling!) for lower daily maintenance as well. Thanks!

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You're looking for an oxymoron. Even a matte finish laminate in a dark color will show fingerprints and oils and streaks from cleaning without wiping. None of it is going to be "low" maintenance. If that's a deal killer, look to something lighter, with more pattern to it.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 2:10PM
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My sealed soapstone is as low maintenance as any stone counter, in the 4 years that I have had it I have sealed it twice with enhancing sealant. It stays dark, is matte, and easily wipes clean with a dishrag without any water marks, etc. It actually hides a lot more crumbs and spots then I had expected which I do not always see as a positive.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 4:28PM
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Athomeinva, your soapstone is beautiful! I'm having a hard time finding any locally that isn't very green. The search continues!

LWO, that's what I was afraid of.

Does anyone have any experience with richlite?

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 8:46PM
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I LOVE the leathered black pearl granite on our perimeter. It does NOT show fingerprints at all, and really doesn't show water spots or rings either.
Perhaps your water is harder than ours?
Anyway, here are a couple of pics of ours.
This is pretty much how it looks. No green at all.

The photo below was shot when bright afternoon sun streams through the window to show the lack of reflective glare. The countertop really never looks as light grey as it appears here in the sun, nor does it look as nearly black as it does here in the shadow.

Again--NO water spots. And my DH is not a careful feller about splashing.

This post was edited by Bellsmom on Wed, Sep 4, 13 at 18:19

    Bookmark   September 3, 2013 at 9:10PM
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I also have leathered black pearl and none of the issues you are describing. We do have very hard water, so if I let some sit, it will make a small mineral spot, but I find them easy to remove and TBH, they kind of blend in with the natural variations of the stone. In fact, I often find myself attempting to wipe up what I think is a water spot only to discover it is just part of the granite.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 7:44AM
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Check out real Vermont/NY slate, it comes in black, gray, green, red (no movement, solid color) and a purple/green/gray mottled version. Is is naturally a matte finish, and does not snow fingerprints or oil rings and does not stain. It does, however, slightly surface scratch from very hard things like knives or stainless utensils, but as it's the same color throughout, the scratches are not really visible.

If you are super anal and can't stand the thought of seeing a tiny scratch, slate isn't for you. If, however, you don't want to have to seal your stone, worry about staining, oil rings or maintaining a shiny finish, you may want to consider Vermont/NY slate, not slate from Brazil, India or anywhere else, they don't have the same properties as the VT/NY mined stuff.

There are many mines in that area that sell directly to the public, just Google "Vermont/NY slate", or a large stoneyard or tile dealer in your area might have access to samples.

Good luck-


    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 11:20AM
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Basalt Black

Has a textured surface that looks like small dimples all over the surface of the quartz. I like it because it looks like stone, but has none of the drawbacks.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 5:34PM
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Sorry, just found out the Basalt Black was discontinued.

Here is a link that might be useful: Options

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 5:39PM
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Thanks for the help! That leathered black pearl is beautiful, I'm glad to know its easy too! I'll try to run some samples of that down. Sandy ponder, I think I'm just anal enough that scratches would bother me on the slate.

I do have some quartz samples I'm playing with now. I've got a couple of different blacks and then some taupey browns if the black proves hard to maintain as LWO suggested.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 6:30PM
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